One of America’s most popular over the counter medication is also one of its most dangerous according to a report by Time MAaazine.
According to the publication, people use Acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) so much that it’s beginning to damage people’s livers in amounts never before seen…and this damage is causing catastrophic liver failure and early death.
Time reasons that the frequency of use and the amount of people being diagnosed with liver damage would indicate an average of 100,000 cases of accidental poisoning every year with 150 people dying from using it.
One of the largest contributing factors to the overuse is how most Americans don’t realize how prevelant Acetaminophen truly is. While most people think it’s only in pills, the fact is Acetaminophen appears in so many over-the-counter-drugs…including cough syrups and more.
Time said: “Acetaminophen, which includes Tylenol and other generic brands, causes more than 80,000 emergency room visits each year because people often aren’t aware they’re taking too much.”
This is a major problem.
At the present time you can find Acetaminophen in around 600 different household drugs. These include the obvious like pain-killers to the less than obvious like allergy medicine to sleep aids.
This is the #1 reason people are using it so much and suffering the consequences.
What most people also don’t realize is how easy it is to overdose on the drug.
Studies have shown it only take about 25% more than the recommended dosage taken for a few short weeks before liver damage begins to set in.
According to Dr. Mercola, the risk for acute poisoning, or liver damage from Acetaminophen use can occur when:
- You Take more than one regular strength (325 mg)
acetaminophen when combined with a narcotic analgesic like codeine or hydrocodone
- Take more than the prescribed dose of an acetaminophen-containing product in a 24-hour period
- Take more than one acetaminophen-containing product at the same time. Make sure to read the list of ingredients on any other over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription drug you take in combination.
- Drink alcohol while taking an acetaminophen product. Research suggests that acetaminophen also significantly increases your risk of kidney dysfunction if taken with alcohol—even if the amount of alcohol is small. Combining alcohol with acetaminophen was found to raise the risk of kidney damage by 123 percent, compared to taking either of them individually.
Besides alcoholics, young adults are particularly at risk as they’re more likely to consume both. But most people don’t think about these risk factors when they’re popping a Tylenol to get rid of a headache or back pain. Instead of using Acetaminophen, it’s better to use other treatments such as ice or heat to help soothe an irritated area.
Fortuantely if you dony want to take Tylenol you don’t have to as a wide range of natural treatments exist.
Ginger: This herb has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it works best fresh, but can also be purchased in a pill form.
Curcumin: The active component in Turmeric root, it has been shown to effectively prevent the overproduction of a protein that triggers swelling and pain.
Boswellia: Also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” this herb contains specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients.
Ultimately if you can make do without taking Tylenol you should.
Some physicians maintain there isn’t a safe amount of this drug to take.
If you do take it makes sure to run it against any and all other drugs you take. Check labels to ensure your not getting more than the recommended dosage (More than 2000 mg in 24 hours is way too much).